Hiking Schedule

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Thank You! To those that volunteered to start hikes this season. Our club is very lucky to have energetic community minded members!

To start a hike @ 10am for any Sat. call or email Melody Green for help with booking. Available dates begin with Dec. 09 and 16, 2017, and run through early spring of 2018.

860-388-7758         melody.green9@yahoo.com

OTHER WINTER EVENTS THAT MAY BE PLANNED.

1. Snowshoeing
2.  Cross Country Skiing
3.  Mountain Bikes Rides

HIKER’s TIPS

  • All participants should carry personal ID and insurance information.
  • Hikers are encouraged to partner up if unsure of capabilities.hiking trail sign
  • Hikes/ Winter Events are on Saturday Starting Hiking at 10 AM unless posted otherwise.
  • Please arrive 15 min. early to sign in and gear up.
  • Rain Cancels hikes.
  • Wear Bright Colors/Blaze Orange Recommended.
  • Hikers should carry their own water bottle and snack.
  • Pack-sized first aid kits are recommended for all outdoor activities.
  • Inclusion of hiking dogs is at the discretion of that hike’s starter. Thank you for keeping Hiking dogs leashed at all times.
  • Car Pool whenever possible.
  • CPL= Commuter Parking Lot
  • TBD= To be decided.

For any unanswered questions, please contact the Starter listed at the end of that hike description.

Hiking Links: Connecticut Explorer’s Guide, free online maps and guides.
Ten Essentials For A Safe Hike www.ctwoodlands.org

 

Hikes/Winter Events take place on Saturday

at 9:45 AM unless posted otherwise.

 

2017 / 2018 FALL+ WINTER + SPRING Season Oct. 2017 – Mar. 2018

CURRENT HIKE SCHEDULE

NOTICE! This hike is POSTPONED TIL Sat.,  NOV. 11, 2017. 10 AM, – Deb Kalwara Memorial Hike at WolfDen, Mashamoquet Park, Pomfret,Ct.  Moderate 5 miles.

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10 am hike start. Thank You!

Directions: Take I- 395 north to Exit 93, turn left onto Rte. 101 West. From CT 101, go left onto Wolf Den Rd. in Pomfret,( turn is just east of the junction with Rte. 44). Turn left again into the access rd. to parking lot near the ranger station.
Lunch to follow at the Vanilla Bean. Starters-Maureen & Jim

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 – 10:00am – Narrangansett Trail from the CT eastern terminus, Voluntown, CT.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start at 10. Thank You!

Directions from the north: Take Route 395 north to Exit 85. Follow route 138 towards Voluntown (approximately 7 miles), right on Route 49 for about 4.5 miles and left on Sand Hill Road.

From the south: Take I-95 north to Exit 92, follow signs to Rt 49 north, cross Rt 184, 7+/- miles north into Voluntown, right onto Sand Hill Road; Sand Hill Road: 0.8 mile road jogs and becomes Green Fall Road; dirt road 0.8 mile park on right.

Moderate 2 ½ hr/approx 5.4 mi. Wear hiking shoes and orange vest. Car pool if possible, parking is limited. Moderate hike, with somewhat challenging ledge scramble section. Good traction boots necessary to view dinosaur rock.
Starter: Jennifer 860-460-6906

Sat. Oct. 28, 2017 No Hike (Enjoy the Friday 27th nite Pequot Dance)

 Sat. November 04, 2017 10am   Hike: Comstock bridge / Salmon River Trail

Colchester, Ct.

9:45 am for Sign-In andprompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

Take advantage of the moments before the hike to read about the Historical Comstock Covered Bridge and examine the wonderful restoration job.

Intermediate to Moderate terrain with some steep hills And rest/bag lunch stop at the pond. 

Directions: Rte 2 West to Exit 18. Left onto Rte 16 West towards Middletown. After passing straight thru Rte 149 crossroads, Comstock Covered Bridge pkg lot at Salmon River is on right at bottom of long hill.
Meet at the Covered Bridge pkg area. Starter: Mary Ellen n Mike Banker

Sat.  Nov.18, 2017 10 AM, Jewett Preserve, Lyme, Ct.

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10 am hike start. Thank You!

Directions are exit 70 off of I-95. Go straight through the light past Big Y shopping area and turn right at next light to go north on Rte 156 for 5.9 miles. Then left on Mount archer Road, follow it past Macintosh Rd. up the hill 1 mile to the preserve parking entrance on the left. There’s limited parking here but there’s additional parking up the road a little bit on the right. The hike is about 5 miles it took us 2 1/2 hours at a pace of about 2.5 mph,

Starter- Shelley R.- 860-335-4340

Nov. 25, 2017. 10am Thanksgiving Sat.  Hike.

Indian Caves in Ames Open Space, Old Lyme, CT.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

 See a Native Primitive Shelter and historical / geological excavation site. Also another Lg. Cave photo opp 😉 Approx. 2 hrs of Well-marked trails with intermediate to moderate terrain and a few short but steep rocky hills. Snow: bring snowshoes and/or traction devices. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions- I95 South to Exit 75/ East Lyme. Continue straight onto Rte. 1 South toward Old Lyme for approx. 7.1 m.   Turn Left onto Boggy Hole Rd. for approx.  .6miles.  Turn left onto Evergreen Trail. Trail Head parking is at cul de sac. Local Pub lunch option after.   Starter, Melody- c. 860-388-7758

Sat. Dec. 02,2017. No Hike ( Enjoy the Wed. 6th nite Pequot dinner)

Sat. Dec. 09,2017  ?

Sat. Dec.16,2017  ?

Sat. Dec. 23,2017 ?

 MONDAY! Jan.1, 2018- 10 am NEW YEARS DAY at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot to Hike Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R.I

**2 hour and 4 hour loop Options. Hike in any weather.  A “Hot chocolate stop” at apprx. 2hr. will also be the opt out; or continue for the addt’nl 2hrs. Bring yak traks, micro spikes, and/ or snow shoes if the weather and conditions warrant.The leader will provide a stove for heating. Bring your water, and favorite beverage, and cup.** R.I. enforces hikers to wear  200 square in. of Regulation Orange while on the trails.

Directions -Meet at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot at junction of Rte 165 and Frosty Hollow Rd,  West Exeter, Rhode Island. Hazardous driving conditions Cancel. Leader -Duncan and Mary Jo -860-514-5869 c.

 

 

Past Hikes

 

10 AM Sat. Mar.4, 2017. Haley Farm St. Park Hike Groton, Ct. 

to and thru Merritt Family Farm Property

( GOSA ) NEW HIKE!

-Hikers to meet at Haley Farm free parking lot at 9:45 for sign in.

-Hike duration is approximately 2.5 hours/ ~ 5 miles-Terrain is ‘easy’-Hikers to bring water bottle and snacks as desired.-Snowshoes if appropriate.-Heavy rain cancelsDirections- From I-95 take exit 88 onto Ct Rte 117 S. toward Groton Long Pt,/ Noank.-Travel South on Ct. Rte. 117 for 1 mile and turn left at light onto Fort Hill Rd.-Travel East on Fort Hill Rd. for .9 mile and turn right onto Groton Long Pt. Rd.-Follow Groton Long Pt. Rd. for .6 mile and turn right onto Brook St.-Follow Brook St. for .5 mile and turn right onto Haley Farm Rd.– Follow Haley Farm Rd. Apprx. .5 mile to pkg. area. (Outdr. Comfort Facilities available.)  Starter:  Cathryn Dolan- 860-514-5847

Naskart Indoor Racing Pequot gathering Feb. 11th at 11AM.
Start your engines…….
Lets meet at the ticket Sales.
Google says-
From I-395 S. Take exit 77 for Rte 85 and turn west onto Rte 85.
From Rte 85 (Hartford New London Tpk. go 2.9 miles west beyond the intersection with I-395 and turn left.
After .2 m. you will find your Naskart Indoor Racing at 1 Sachatello Industrial Drive.
1 Sachatello Industrial Dr,
Montville, CT 06370
860-444-7700
info@NaskartRacing.com
Melody- Coordinator 860.388.7758  Txt or Call

Wyassup Lake Hike on Sat. Feb. 4th, 2017.

Starting time is 10:00 am sharp be there by 9:45 with

your orange vest and or hat.

Bring a snack and drink to have along the hike. This 3 1/2 hour hike will have moderate terrain and foot wear should be chosen for the likelihood of wet And/Or Icy conditions, or snowshoes if warranted. 

Directions-Take Main street into North Stonington village from Rt.2 whether coming from north or south direction. Once into center of town by the red building (hardware store) proceed onto Wyassup Road for 3 miles then look for a sign on the left for Wyassup Lake Road and boat launch. Go .8 of a mile and parking lot is on your right.

Possible lunch stop at Mystic Pizza II.
Hike Starters- Art and Julia

Sat.,  OCT. 29, 2016. 10 AM, – Deb Kalwara Memorial Hike at WolfDen, Mashamoquet Park, Pomfret,Ct.  Moderate 5 miles.

First hike of the Season.

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10 am hike start. Thank You!

Directions: Take I- 395 north to Exit 93, turn left onto Rte. 101 West. From CT 101, go left onto Wolf Den Rd. in Pomfret,( turn is just east of the junction with Rte. 44). Turn left again into the access rd. to parking lot near the ranger station.
Lunch to follow at the Vanilla Bean. Starters-Maureen & Jim

 SUNDAY!! OCT. 30, 2016.  11 AM. FIELDS OF FIRE AERIAL ADVENTURE PARK

New EVENT   At 715 Noank / Ledyard Rd. Mystic, ct. 06355  

 Please arrive at 10:45 am for a start at 11. Thank You!

Orientation plus 2 hr. activity time at aerial ropes, walkways and zipline course.

See pictures and more info at  http://fieldsoffiremystic.com

 Don your provided safety gear, come try your hand at the beginner level course, then move on if you like to any of 5 different levels of challenge for the next 2 hrs. all for one price of $30 pp. prepaid.  Melody at  melody.green9@yahoo.com

Driving directions- exit 89( Allyn St. exit ) off I95.  Go to South side of I 95. Take right onto Sandy Hollow Rd. West toward Noank Ledyard Rd. Turn left/ South onto Noank Ledyard Rd. then quick right into Fields of Fire Adventure Park.

Saturday, Nov. 05, 2016 – 10:00am – Narrangansett Trail from the CT eastern terminus, Voluntown, CT.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start at 10. Thank You!

Directions from the north: Take Route 395 north to Exit 85. Follow route 138 towards Voluntown (approximately 7 miles), right on Route 49 for about 4.5 miles and left on Sand Hill Road.

From the south: Take I-95 north to Exit 92, follow signs to Rt 49 north, cross Rt 184, 7+/- miles north into Voluntown, right onto Sand Hill Road; Sand Hill Road: 0.8 mile road jogs and becomes Green Fall Road; dirt road 0.8 mile park on right.

Moderate 2 ½ hr/approx 5.4 mi. Wear hiking shoes and orange vest. Car pool if possible, parking is limited. Moderate hike, with somewhat challenging ledge scramble section. Good traction boots necessary to view dinosaur rock.
Starter: Jennifer 860-460-6906

November 12, 2016. 10am  Stony Creek Quarry Hike: Branford, CT

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start at 10. Thank You!

Moderate with some mild boulder scrambling. I 95 South; Exit 57 toward North Branford. Right onto Boston Post Rd. South, toward Branford & New Haven. (Wayfinding Tip: “The Gables at Guilford” is across from trailhead. parking lot) Left onto Moose Hill Rd. Right onto Granite Rd.( past small guard house)to pkg lot on right at roads end.                         Starter- Melody 860.388.7758

 November 19, 2016 10am   Hike: Comstock bridge / Salmon River Trail

Colchester, Ct.

9:45 am for Sign-In and

prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

Take advantage of the moments before the hike to read about the Historical Comstock Covered Bridge and examine the wonderful restoration job.

Brisk pace (1.8-2 mph) for  +/-7.25 miles, 3 1/2-4 hrs. over Moderate terrain with some hills And rest/snack stops at the pond and waterfall. 

Directions: Rte 2 West to Exit 18. Left onto Rte 16 West towards Middletown. After passing straight thru Rte 149 crossroads, Comstock Covered Bridge pkg lot at Salmon River is on right at bottom of long hill.
Meet at the Covered Bridge pkg area.
Local Lunch Option to follow. Starter: Melody 860-388-7758

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 – 10:00AM – Hike Rocky Neck Niantic, CT.

Easy Thanksgiving weekend hike. Meet at dirt parking area across from Divine Wine Emporium on Rte 156, Niantic. west of Rocky Neck Connector.GPS: 275 W Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357 Starters:Gretchen and John-860-739-8575

Sat. Dec 03, 2016. NO Club Hike.

 Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 – 10:00AM – The Preserve. Old Saybrook, CT.

New HIKE

Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

From I95 S take Exit 67, Elm Street exit. Turn right onto Ingham Hill Rd. The trail head parking lot is on the right across the street from 241 Ingham Hill Rd.  

Easy 2+/- hr. hike.  Local Mexican lunch option available.

Starter: Melody 860.388.7758

Sat. Dec 24, 2016. NO Club Hike.

 SUNDAY! Jan.1, 2017- 10 am NEW YEARS DAY at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot to Hike Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R.I

New HIKE

Meeting time:  9:45 am for a prompt 10 am hike start. 
 This is a three mile hike on a tired wood road.  The road is known to hold water so foot traction devices are warranted along with your drinking water and snack. 
  As this area is also used by hunters blaze orange is highly recommended.
Directions: From Route 85 North in Chesterfield:  Turn left  onto Grassy Hill Rd.  Trail head is 2.6 miles on right.  From East Lyme:  From Whistletown Rd.  At junction of Beaver Brook and Grassy Hill Rd,  turn right onto Grassy Hill Rd.  Trail head is 1 mile on left.  For those using GPS:  Trail head is adjacent to 147 Grassy Hill Rd in East Lyme. Poor travelling conditions and cold rain cancels. 
 Local Lunch Option to follow.
 Starters: Barry Gorfain (860-705-3828)  and Debbie Tedford

10AM Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, James Goodwin State Forest, Hampton, CT

 “Must Get Outdoors” Hike

Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

 2 – 3 hour Hike in any weather where safe driving conditions to the event permit. Terrain: Well-marked Blue trails going to woods roads with moderate hills. A “Hot Chocolate Stop” half way along will help our collective constitution return back to trailhead. After we may retire to the Vanilla Bean Restaurant.

Colder conditions in Windham Co. necessitates warm layered clothing. Remember orange hats, gloves and/or vest for hunters are about, and consider gaiters if any snow is present.  Consult Htfd weather for local forecast and adapt with micro spikes, and/or snowshoes, hiking poles, as necessary. Bring water, favorite hot beverage mix (tea, chocolate, instant coffee (for heating on leader-supplied stove), cup and snacks. Friendly, leashed pets welcome.

Directions: Meet at 9:45 AM at Goodwin State Forest Headquarters parking lot, on right, 23 Potter Rd, off Rt. 6, Hampton, CT for 10:00 AM start.

From Norwich: Interstate 395 North.   Exit 18, “Norwich, Occum, Hanover, Versailles” and turn left at end of ramp, onto CT. Rt. 97 – Taftville-Occum Rd. / Baltic Rd. Travel to second stop sign at center of Baltic.  Continue right on Rt. 97, toward Scotland, across the Shetucket River, 5-6 miles to the stop sign at Scotland center.  Continue right on Rt. 97/Rt. 14, toward Winchester – Canterbury, to the top of the first hill and turn left onto Rt. 97 – Pudding Hill Rd. for 5-6 miles to a stop sign at Rt. 6. Turn left onto Rt. 6.

After 2 miles, turn right onto Potter Rd. at hanging DEEP  CT sign, then right into the Goodwin State Forest HQs first, or second parking lot, where we will meet.

Starters: Mary Jo and Duncan Bailey: 860-514-5869 c.

 

9:45 AM Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, Darrow Pond-Powers Lake Trail into Nehantic State Forest, East Lyme

Meet 9:45 AM, Sat, Feb 27, 2016, at the end of Mostowy Rd, E. Lyme for Sign-in and 10:00 am hike start. Thank You! 

2-3 hr. hike over varied rocky/trail terrain, with some small wetland areas.  Consult local weather conditions this day.   Wear hiking boots, bring hiking/ski poles and traction or snowshoes as conditions warrant.  Note warm hands, feet and head make for happier hiking. Leader will provide stove for short hot drink stop, while hikers should bring powdered warm drink mixes or tea and own water and snacks.

Friendly, leashed pets welcome.

 ROAD CONDITIONS CONSIDERED, QUESTIONABLE CANCELS.

Starters:  Mary Jo and Duncan Bailey-860-514-5869 

Turn left (North)onto CT Rt 161,Flanders Rd. , travel 3.3 miles, turn left onto Mostowy Rd. and take first left onto Industrial Pk. Dr. (no sign) to the top of the hill  on to the end of the paved area and park out of the way of the gravel trail head leading west.

 

 10 am Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 Narangansett Trail, From Wyassup Lake Rd boat launch, North Stonington, CT

 cancelled-ICY hiking / driving conditions

Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!
3 – 3.5 hour Hike, over 7.15 miles.
Terrain: A circular route on well-marked Blue trails with 4 steep ascents, some rocky and rooted sections. Please wear orange hats, gloves and/or vest for there could be hunters in the area.
Rain, Ice – Cancels
Starter: Jennifer: 860-572-9797 h
From North Stonington Village at Rt 2: 0.5 mile down Main St to Wyassup Rd; 3 miles north and left on Wyassup Lake Rd; 0.7 mile to boat launch on the right.

 

 10AM Saturday Jan. 23,2016.  Hike Hartman Park/Walbridge Woodlands/Young Preserve/Beebe in Lyme, CT. 

NEW Hike! cancelled-blizzard driving conditions

 Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start.

Approx. 2 hour hike on newer Lyme Land Conservation Trust trails that adjoin Hartman Park.  On this moderate paced hike, we will pass stone walls and 18th century stone ruins.  Moderate terrain, some steep climbs.  Meet at 10 AM at Hartman Park’s parking lot on Gungy Rd. in Lyme.  Bring water and lunch/snack and wear sturdy shoes.  Traction devices recommended and if snow, bring snowshoes.  Rain and/or icy roads cancel.  Call Starter if in doubt.  Starter: Debbie Tedford 860-373-8573, CL Barry Gorfain. 

 January 16, 2016 10am   Hike: Comstock bridge / Salmon River Trail
Colchester, Ct.

Cancelled due to weather

Moderate hike with some hills.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!
 Directions: Rte 2 West to Exit 18. Left onto Rte 16 West towards Middletown. After passing Rte 149, Comstock Covered Bridge / Salmon River is on right at bottom of long hill. Meet at the Covered Bridge pkg area. Lunch to follow.
Starterer: Maureen c.860-705-7776
10AM Saturday, Jan 9, 2016, Ames Open Space, Old Lyme, CT.
Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

 See a Native Primitive Shelter and historical / geological excavation site. Also a Lg. Cave photo opp 😉  Well-marked trails with moderate terrain and a couple short but steep hills.  Directions- I95 South to Exit 75/ East Lyme. Continue straight onto Rte. 1 South toward Old Lyme for approx. 7.1 m.   Turn Left onto Boggy Hole Rd. for approx.  .6miles.  Turn left onto Evergreen Trail. Trail Head parking is at cul de sac. Local lunch After.   Starter, Melody- c. 860-388-7758

 

Saturday December 12, 2015 at 10am, Barn Island

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

Moderate hiking – 4 to 5 miles. Please wear orange as hunters are out on Saturday. There are no rest rooms (DEEP removed the portapotty for the winter).In lieu of a lunch at a restaurant, folks are welcome to stop by our house to use the rest room and have a cup of hot cider. 

Directions: I-95N to Exit 91; cross intersection and continue straight for just over .25 mile; turn right on Farmholme Road for ~2 miles. Right on Route 1, immediately left on Greenhaven Rd, quick right on Palmer Neck Road, entering by the second marked entrance, closest to the boat launch. Park opposite the trail head on the right side, or just further ahead at the boat launch parking area.   Rain cancels. Deep snow/ Slippery Conditions – bring snowshoes/ yak traks. Starters – Mary Ellen and Mike Banker 860-460-5324

SUNDAY December 6. Meet at 10 AM in the main  Gillette Castle parking lot.

 67 River Road, East Haddam, CT
We plan to hike on some of the trails on the Castle grounds for approximately 3 miles. Then you can tour the castle which has been decorated for the holidays. The cost to tour the castle is $6 for adults, but is free if you have a Charter Oak Pass.

Bad weather will cancel. Starter- Jim at 

860-705-7776 

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2015 – 10:00AM – Hike Rocky Neck Niantic, CT.

Easy Thanksgiving weekend hike. Meet at dirt parking area across from Divine Wine Emporium on Rte 156, Niantic. west of Rocky Neck Connector.GPS: 275 W Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357 Starters:Gretchen and John-860-739-8575

Sat.,November 21, 2015. at 10 AM Oswegatchie Hills Hike, Niantic, Ct.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start. Thank You!

Moderate hiking. Directions: Meet at Veteran’s Memorial Field. I-95 S to Exit 74, South on Rte. 161 approximately 2.2 miles, turn left to Veteran’s Memorial Field (Opposite Sunoco Station on right). Drive ALL the way in to the parking lot adjacent to the ball field backstop.  Rain cancels. Deep snow/ Slippery Conditions – bring snowshoes/ yak traks. Starter – Gary n JoAnn Carlson- 860-691-0657

Sat. Nov. 14, 2015. 10AM  Champlain Farm Hike, Old Lyme, Ct. Moderate hiking.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

Directions: I-95 S to Exit 70, turn left thru underpass. Continue South on Lyme Street bearing left around Church Corner. Turn left onto Johnny Cake Hill Rd. At top of hill, quick left onto Meetinghouse Lane. Park at end in cul-de-sac. Rain cancels. Deep snow/ Slippery Conditions – bring snowshoes / yak traks. Starter – Melody 860-388-7758

Sat.  Nov.7, 2015 10 AM, Jewett Preserve, Lyme, Ct.

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10 am hike start. Thank You!

 

Directions are exit 70 off of I-95. Go straight through the light past Big Y shopping area and turn right at next light to go north on Rte 156 for 5.9 miles. Then left on Mount archer Road, follow it past Macintosh Rd. up the hill 1 mile to the preserve parking entrance on the left. There’s limited parking here but there’s additional parking up the road a little bit on the right.

The hike is about 5 miles it took us 2 1/2 hours at a pace of about 2.5 mph, Starters- Shelley and Mark- 860-335-4340

 

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 – 10:00am – Narrangansett Trail from the CT eastern terminus, Voluntown, CT.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start at 10. Thank You!

Directions from the north: Take Route 395 north to Exit 85. Follow route 138 towards Voluntown (approximately 7 miles), right on Route 49 for about 4.5 miles and left on Sand Hill Road.

From the south: Take I-95 north to Exit 92, follow signs to Rt 49 north, cross Rt 184, 7+/- miles north into Voluntown, right onto Sand Hill Road; Sand Hill Road: 0.8 mile road jogs and becomes Green Fall Road; dirt road 0.8 mile park on right.

Moderate 2 ½ hr/approx 5.4 mi. Wear hiking shoes and orange vest. Car pool if possible, parking is limited. Moderate hike, with somewhat challenging ledge scramble section. Good traction boots necessary to view dinosaur rock.
Starter: Jennifer 860-460-6906

 

Jan.1, 2014. NEW YEARS DAY (THURSDAY)Meet 10 am at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot to Hike Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R.I.

**2 hour and 4 hour loop Options. Hike in any weather.  A “Hot chocolate stop” at apprx. 2hr. will also be the opt out; or continue for the addt’nl 2hrs. Bring yak traks, micro spikes, and/ or snow shoes if the weather and conditions warrant.The leader will provide a stove for heating. Bring your water, and favorite beverage, and cup.** R.I. enforces hikers to wear  200 square in. of Regulation Orange while on the trails.Directions -Meet at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot at junction of Rte 165 and Frosty Hollow Rd,  West Exeter, Rhode Island. Hazardous driving conditions Cancel. Leader -Duncan and Mary Jo -860-514-5869 c.

 

 

 

 

December 13, 2014. Sat. 10am Oswegatchie Hills Hike, Niantic, Ct.

Easy to Moderate, +/- 2hrs. Directions: Meet at Veteran’s Memorial Field. I-95 S to Exit 74, South on Rte. 161 approximately 2.2 miles. Opposite Trakas Sunoco Station (on right), turn SHARP left onto Memorial Park Drive and continue all the way into Veteran’s Memorial Ballfield parking lot. Rain cancels. Deep snow/ Slippery Conditions – bring snowshoes/ yak traks. Leader -Gary and Joann Carlson 860-691-0657 h.

 

Sat., Nov.15, 2014. 10 AM- Mamacoke Island Hike New London, ct

The hike will go to Mamacoke Island which  is part of a section of the Connecticut College Arboretum. Because parts of the trail are narrow DEET tick repellent is recommended. There is some mild climbing on a small part of the 2 hr. hike. Rain Cancels.Directions- Rte 32 N. in New London then turn right at the North end of the Coast Guard Academy Campus onto Deshon Street. Take the first left onto Nameaug ; Continue straight onto Farnsworth. Parking is at streetside just before the chainlink industrial gateway.  Lunch to follow at Mr. G’s in nearby Hodges Square.Leader- Jim Besse

Saturday, Nov.8, 2014. 10AM-Stony Creek Quarry Hike: Guilford, Ct.

Same Trail head – Different Hike Route from last year – Moderate with some mild boulder scrambling. I 95 South; Exit 57 toward North Branford. Right onto Boston Post Rd. South, toward Branford & New Haven. (Wayfinding Tip: “The Gables at Guilford” is across from trailhead. parking lot) Left onto Moose Hill Rd. Right onto Granite Rd.( past small guard house) to parking lot on right at roads end.

Nice Diner Lunch after. Leader-Melody 860-388-7758

 Sat., 10:30 AM Oct. 25, 2014. Viking Adventure CornMaze:

Meet at Tom and Karen Scott’s Farm-  436 Boston Post Rd.  East Lyme for a wagon ride from the apple field to the start of the corn maze and pumpkin patch.

This years theme is “Viking Adventure”.  Cost is $7.00 (plus 10% tax). Based on previous experience, bring water, snack and adventurous attitude. Following the adventure you are welcome to join us at Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe for lunch and/or ice cream. Rain cancels. Event coordinator: Debbie Tedford 860-373-8573.  For more info go to scottsyankeefarmer.net

 

New “It’s Almost Spring” Hike, for Sunday, March 9, 2014

This hike goes any weather. Meet at James L. Goodwin State Forest Conservation Center, off Rt. 6 at Potter Rd. in Hampton, CT, at 9:30 AM.   This four hour hike goes out in any weather, and consists of 2 two-hour loops, each ending at parking area, with an optional short tea break, allowing for a short and a longer outing of your choice.

We can then retire to the Vanilla Bean in nearby Pomfret, for a heartier repast.
We will hike or snowshoe loop trails in Goodwin and Natchaug State Forests, depending on trail conditions noted that morning. Prepared hikers will want to dress for generally deep snow and colder conditions of rural Windham County.  Wear heavy footwear and gaiters for snow and/or mud, along with your snowshoes is best.

Driving directions are below. Leader: Duncan Bailey, home phone

Check with DEEP for any weather or trail bulletins and maps as follows:
http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/education/goodwin/goodwintrailsmap.pdf color print
http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/education/goodwin/g oodwintrailmapblackandwhite.pdf B&W print

Directions:From I- 395 N : Take Ex. 81W toward Hartford, take CT Rt. 32, Exit 25, toward Willimantic, turn right at end of exit ramp, onto CT Rt. 32 N. Turn R onto CT Rt. 203/ Windham Center Rd.into Windham Center. Turn L onto Rt. 204/ Rt. 14 and continue on CT. Rt. 203 to intersection with CT. Rt. 6 – Boston Post Rd.Turn R onto Rt. 6 (East), and follow about 5 miles to CT DEEP sign on left for Goodwin S.P., turn onto Potter Rd to Conservation center parking in 2 lots on R.

September 28th  Kickoff Hike 9 AM New London

Hike to Mamakoke Island, followed by lunch and US Coast Guard Academy vs. Nichols College football game. Meet at 9 AM on Farnsworth St, New London, CT.  At the north end of the US Coast Guard Academy, take Deshon St. to Nameaug St. to Farnsworth St.  Park on Farnsworth St. near the end of the street.  Do the hike and/or the rest of it. Valid drivers license needed for entry to Coast Guard Academy.
 Leader: Jim Besse

October 12th  10:45 AM.

Meet at Ekonk Hill’s Corn Maze parking lot at 227 Ekonk Hill Rd in Sterling CT. This years theme is “We love our Pets”.  Cost is $10.00 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-10.  (plus 10% tax)  But there is a $2.00 discount if we have more than 20 people in our group so invite your family and friends for a good time.  Based on previous experience, bring water and a snack as the maze takes ~ 90 minutes to complete.  Rain cancels.  Event coordinator:  Debbie Tedford

October 26    Deb Kalwara Memorial Hike

Moderate 5 miles at Wolf’s Den, (Mashamoquet Brook State Park), Pomfret, CT.
Directions: Take I- 395 north to Exit 93, turn left onto Rte. 101 West. From CT 101, go left onto Wolf Den Rd. in Pomfret,( turn is just east of the junction with Rte. 44). Park in the lot near the ranger station.

Lunch to follow at the Vanilla Bean. Leaders – Jim and Maureen

November 9th    Hike: Comstock bridge / Salmon River Trail
Colchester, Ct. Moderate.

Directions: Rte 2 West to Exit 18. Left onto Rte 16 West towards Middletown. After passing Rte 149, Comstock Covered Bridge / Salmon River is on right at bottom of long hill. Meet at the Covered Bridge pkg area. Lunch to follow.
Leader: Melody

November 23rd   Stony Creek Quarry Hike: Branford, CT

Moderate with some mild boulder scrambling. I 95 South; Exit 57 toward North Branford. Right onto Boston Post Rd. South, toward Branford & New Haven. (Wayfinding Tip: “The Gables at Guilford” is across from trailhead. parking lot) Left onto Moose Hill Rd. Right onto Granite Rd.( past small guard house)to pkg lot on right at roads end. Very nice Diner Lunch after. Leader-Melody

November 30th    Thanksgiving Weekend Hike: Rocky Neck Park: Niantic, Ct. Easy.

Meet at Dirt lot across from Divine Wine Emporium on Rte. 156 east of Rocky Neck Connector. Pizza lunch. Gretchen and John

December 28, 2013. Sat. 10am Oswegatchie Hills Hike, Niantic, Ct.

Easy to Moderate. Directions: Meet at Veteran’s Memorial Field. I-95 S to Exit 74, South on Rte. 161 approximately 2.2 miles, turn left to Veteran’s Memorial Field (Opposite Sunoco Station on right).Rain cancels. Deep snow/ Slippery Conditions – bring snowshoes/ yak traks. Leader – Melody

NEW YEAR’S * DAY HIKE JAN. 1, 2014 ARCADIA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, WEST EXETER, RHODE ISLAND (2hr. loop and 4hr. loop options)

Meet at 10 a.m. at parking lot of West Exeter RI Baptist Church at junction of Rt. 165 and Frosty Hollow Rd., West Exeter, RI. Hike in any weather approximately 2 hours loop, stop for hot beverage and opportunity to opt out at this time or continue for another 2 hrs on next loop. Exact Route TBD by conditions/bring snow shoes/ yak traks (optional or necessary depending on snow).  Hazardous driving conditions cancel.  Hike Leader Duncan Bailey who will pack a stove.  Bring fresh water and your favorite hot beverage to make.  Duncan Bailey home phone ()/Mary Jo Bailey cell () **see below.

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<CANCELLED >January 4, 2014. Sat. 10am Bluff Pt. Groton, Ct. <CANCELLED >

Easy. Directions: I-95 to Exit 88. Go South on Rte 117. Go right at light which is West/ South on Rte 1. Go left at light next to Groton Town Hall which is South on Depot Rd. Bear right at curve, to go under Amtrak underpass. Follow gravel rd. straight to Parking in gravel lot provided. Rain cancels. Deep snow/ Slippery Conditions – bring snowshoes/ yak traks. Nice local lunch out to follow. Leader – Jennifer Scott

LAST MINUTE” PLAN CHANGE FOR JAN. 4TH 2014  : 10am Sat.  IF THERE IS SUFFICIENT SNOW IN YOUR JUDGEMENT FOR X-COUNTRY SKIING COME ON OUT! 

*ANY INTERESTED PARTIES should gather at Rocky Neck Park Entrance Rd. In lieu of the cancelled hike we will attempt some X-country skiing along their mostly flat unplowed roads. So gather and pack up your ski stuff just in case we get lucky with the snowfall.  IF THERE IS NOT SUFFICIENT SNOW : We can take a social walk along whatever routes seem most user friendly. *LAST BUT NEVER LEAST- Maybe local LUNCH OR HOT COCOA AFTER?? ; )     Any questions Contact-Melody

RESCHEDULED FOR: January 11, 2014. Sat. 10am Bluff Pt. Groton, Ct. Easy 2 Hours.

Directions- I-95 to Exit 88. Go South on Rte.117. Go right at light which is West/ South on Rte 1. Go left at light next to Groton Town Hall; which is South on Depot Rd. Bear right at curve, to go under Amtrak underpass. Follow gravel rd. straight to Parking in gravel lot provided. Rain cancels. Deep snow / Slippery conditions- bring snowshoes/ yak traks / microspikes as needed. Nice local lunch out to follow. Leader Jennifer Scott Home-